Bucharest is one of those cities that we like to call “up and coming”. And I can confirm,  it really is!

Nestled in southern Romania, this vibrant capital city is home to a dazzling array of architecture, energetic streets and nightlife that will blow your mind.

Bucharest is known for its turbulent communist past but it is so much more than that. You’ll find that although it has a rich and fascinating history to learn about, the city is also undeniably thrilling and offers an interesting mix of old and new.

Bucharest also has one of the fastest internet connections in Europe – so you’ll be able to upload snaps of your trip in no time!

But Bucharest is a massive city, so choosing the right neighborhood is super important. That’s exactly why I’ve put together this guide for where to stay in Bucharest, to make your decision-making a hell of a lot easier.

I’ve broken down the best areas to stay in Bucharest by interest. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, looking to party all night long, or just want to find the cheapest hostel in town – I’ve got you covered.

So, let’s jump right into it and find where is the best place for you!

Where to Stay in Bucharest

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Bucharest.

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Gorgeous Apartment with Amazing View of the Old Town | Best Airbnb in Bucharest

This gorgeous two bedrooms apartment is an excellent pick for a first time visit to Bucharest. Located in the middle of the city’s historical area, its balcony gives an amazing view of Old Town. The closest train station, Piata Unirii, is only a minute away making it easy for guests to explore the city.

Podstel Bucharest | Best Hostel in Bucharest

Podstel is the best hostel in Bucharest. Owned by five best friends, Podstel was established to give travellers a home away from home to relax and socialize in Bucharest. They offer hot showers and comfortable beds. They also host events and workshops, dinners, drinks and so much more!

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Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest | Best Hotel in Bucharest

The Hilton Garden Inn is the best hotel in Bucharest because of its excellent location and range of amenities. Guests of this hotel have access to a modern gym, laundry facilities and an on-site restaurant and bar. Rooms are well-appointed and feature a variety of amenities and essentials.

Bucharest Neighborhood Guide – Places to Stay in Bucharest

FIRST TIME IN BUCHAREST
Old Town Bucharest
FIRST TIME IN BUCHAREST

Old Town

Bucharest’s Old Town is the heart, soul and centre of the city. It is a charming neighbourhood characterized by its ancient buildings and small village feel and is where you can find a great selection of restaurants, bars, shops and pubs.

ON A BUDGET
Piata Unirii Bucharest
ON A BUDGET

Piata Unirii

Piata Unirii is a charming neighbourhood located south of Bucharest’s Old Town. This area is characterized by its communist-era architecture and is home to the massive Palace of the Parliament, one of the biggest civilian buildings in the world.

NIGHTLIFE
Lipscani Bucharest
NIGHTLIFE

Lipscani

Lipscani is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Bucharest. This district dates back to the mid-15th-century and is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets lined with cafes, shops and terraces.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Floreasca Bucharest
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Floreasca

Floreasca is one of Bucharest’s best-kept secrets. Located north of the city centre, this up-and-coming neighbourhood boasts some of the best restaurants in the city. Here you’ll also find an array of gourmet shops, wine boutiques and candy stores, making it a fantastic destination for window shopping and world-class dining.

FOR FAMILIES
Tineretului Bucharest
FOR FAMILIES

Tineretului

Tineretului is a large neighbourhood located in southern Bucharest. Built in the 1960s, this area was primarily a workers neighbourhoods where residents of all ages gathered to enjoy the green space and relax in nature.

Bucharest is one of Europe’s up-and-coming travel destinations. It is the largest city and capital of Romania and is the 6th largest city in the European Union.

An important industrial and commercial centre, Bucharest is a city with a turbulent past characterized by communism and violence throughout much of the 20th century. Today, it is a modern and booming city that offers trendy dining, lively nightlife and a vibrant atmosphere.

The city is divided into six main districts, each home to a diverse set of neighborhoods and quarters that offer something unique to visitors.

In this Bucharest neighborhood guide, we’ll look at the best areas to stay in Bucharest based on interest, budget and need.

At the heart of the city is Old Town. The most charming neighborhood in Bucharest, Old Town is where you can find a great selection of restaurants and shops as well as popular tourist attractions and exquisite architecture. It is also home to Lipscani, a vibrant neighborhood and our pick for where to stay in Bucharest for nightlife.

Travel north of the city centre to Floreasca. One of the coolest places to stay in Bucharest, Floreasca is an up-and-coming neighborhood where visitors can enjoy a variety of incredible cuisines from around the world.

Head south from here through the city centre to Piata Unirii, a neighborhood known for its affordable accommodation options and good-value hotels.

And finally, set in southern Bucharest is Tineretului. Centred around a massive green space, this neighborhood is packed with activities and attractions for the whole family. Because of this, Tineretului is our top choice for where to stay in Bucharest with kids.

Bucharest’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

Bucharest boasts one of the most extensive transit systems in Europe – although it can be confusing and crowded at times. Because of this excellent infrastructure, no matter where you choose to stay, you’ll be able to explore other parts of the city with relative ease.

Now, let’s take a look at the best places to stay in Bucharest.

#1 Old Town – Where to Stay in Bucharest for Your First Time

Bucharest’s Old Town is the heart, soul and centre of the city. It is a charming neighborhood characterized by its ancient buildings and small village feel and is where you can find a great selection of restaurants, bars, shops and pubs. Because it’s packed with so much to see, do and eat, Old Town Bucharest is our top choice for where to stay in Bucharest for your first time.

This is the best neighborhood in Bucharest to stay in if you’re a history buff. Because so much of the city was destroyed throughout the 20th century, the historic centre is practically the only thing left of pre-World War II Bucharest. The best way to take in the architecture and atmosphere is to explore the cobbled streets on foot and lose yourself in history.

Old Town, Bucharest

Things to See and Do in Old Town

  1. Visit the stunning Zlatari Church.
  2. Pop by the Palace of the Parliament, the second largest building in the world.
  3. Marvel at the Stavropoleos Monastery, one of the oldest churches in Bucharest.
  4. Admire the architecture and design of the Great Synagogue.
  5. Delve deep into history at the National Museum of Romanian History.
  6. Indulge in delicious food at Energiea.
  7. Take a tour of the Museum of the National Bank of Romania.
  8. See works by Romanian and Moldovan artists at the Future Museum.

Gorgeous Apartment with Amazing View of the Old Town | Best Airbnb in Old Town

This gorgeous two bedrooms apartment is an excellent pick for a first time visit to Bucharest. Located in the middle of the city’s historical area, its balcony gives an amazing view of Old Town. The closest train station, Piata Unirii, is only a minute away making it easy for guests to explore the city.

Antique Hostel Bucharest | Best Hostel in Old Town

The Antique Hostel is in the best neighborhood to stay in Bucharest for first-time visitors. It is set at the centre of Old Town and is close to popular tourist attractions, landmarks, restaurants, shops and bars. They offer a variety of rooms, each with comfortable beds and full baths.

Rembrandt Hotel Bucharest | Best Hotel in Old Town

Located at the heart of Old Town, this hotel is ideal for travellers visiting the city for the first time because it allows for easy access to shopping, sightseeing, dining and nightlife. This luxurious hotel provides stylish rooms with superior amenities, as well as a day spa, coffee bar and terrace.

Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest | Best Hotel in Old Town

The Hilton Garden Inn is the best hotel in Bucharest because of its excellent location and range of amenities. Guests of this hotel have access to a modern gym, laundry facilities and an on-site restaurant and bar. Rooms are well-appointed and feature a variety of amenities and essentials.

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#2 Piata Unirii – Where to Stay in Bucharest on a Budget

Piata Unirii is a charming neighborhood located south of Bucharest’s Old Town. This area is characterized by its communist-era architecture and is home to the massive Palace of the Parliament, one of the biggest civilian buildings in the world.

In addition to being a highlight for history buffs and architecture aficionados, Piata Unirii is also our top choice for where to stay in Bucharest on a budget. Here you’ll find a high concentration of affordable hotels and good value hostels, including the top-rated Podstel Hostel.

Not in Bucharest for long? This is our best recommendation for where to stay in Bucharest for one night because you’ll be close to the city centre and be able to enjoy the best of Bucharest at an affordable price.

Piata Unirii, Bucharest

Things to See and Do in Piata Unirii

  1. Explore Dealul Mitropoliei, an important historical, cultural and religious point.
  2. Admire the architecture of the Palace of the Patriarchate.
  3. Feast on great European dishes at Alouette.
  4. Sip a cup of tea at Teahouse 5.
  5. Enjoy refreshing drinks and tasty snacks at The Temple Social Pub.
  6. Choose from a wide range of wines at 1000 de Chipuri.
  7. Marvel at the incredible Zodiac Fountain.
  8. Go for a stroll through massive Carol Park (Liberty Park)
  9. Dine on delicious pizza and pasta at Il Cantuccio.
  10. Eat delicious food in an abandoned factory at Fabrica Club.

Cosy Private Single Room in the Heart of the City | Best Airbnb in Piata Unirii

This cosy private single room apartment is located only a seven minutes walk away from the metro station and the city center where all the restaurants, bars, shops and cafes are clustered. Guests have access to all the kitchen and bathroom amenities. It is, we believe, the best price-quality ratio you will find in this area.

Podstel Bucharest | Best Hostel in Piata Unirii

Podstel is the best hostel in Bucharest. Owned by five best friends, Podstel was established to give travellers a home away from home to relax and socialize in Bucharest. They offer hot showers and comfortable beds. They also host events and workshops, dinners, drinks and more!

Bread & Breakfast | Best Hotel in Piata Unirii

Bread&Breakfast is a charming property located in central Bucharest. It is a fantastic Bucharest accommodation option for travellers on a budget because they offer modern and minimalist rooms at an excellent price. This property offers comfortable beds, a terrace and a shared kitchen.

Bliss Residence – Parliament | Best Guesthouse in Piata Unirii

This comfortable guesthouse is conveniently located in central Bucharest. It is close to popular tourist attractions as well as shops, restaurants and bars. This property has 12 comfortable rooms outfitted with contemporary amenities. They also offer a swimming pool, terrace, laundry facilities and luggage storage.

#3 Lipscani – Where to Stay in Bucharest for Nightlife

Lipscani is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Bucharest. This district dates back to the mid-15th-century and is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets lined with cafes, shops and terraces. Located within Bucharest’s Old Town, Lipscani is a neighborhood where history, mystery and legend come to life around every corner.

This neighborhood is also our number one choice for where to stay in Bucharest for nightlife. Nestled amongst the houses, shops and cafes are a great selection of energetic bars, thriving clubs and eclectic pubs. So, no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find something amazing in the Lipscani neighborhood.

Lipscani, Bucharest

Things to See and Do in Lipscani

  1. Enjoy cocktails with a view at Pure Vida Sky Bar.
  2. Indulge in excellent Romanian food at Caru’cu Bere.
  3. Sip pints at Arcade Café.
  4. Grab drinks on the terrace at Hanul cu Tei.
  5. Choose from more than 60 different shots at Shoteria.
  6. Visit The Urbanist for a hip, Nordic-style night out.
  7. Party the night away at Interbelic.
  8. Spend a night at Linea/Closer to the Moon, a very unique rooftop bar.
  9. Listen to great music at Niste Domni si Fiii.
  10. Sample a range of refreshing beers at Beer O’Clock.

Contemporary Loft Close to Great Nightlife | Best Airbnb in Lipscani

Nestled on minute away from the historic centre, this stylish and neat loft is located only one minute away from the historical center. Its design will leave you in awe and its practicality will ensure your stay is pleasant. It comes with extras such as breakfast, coffee, soaps, moisturisers, creams, and more.

The Mansion Boutique Hotel | Best Hotel in Lipscani

The Mansion Boutique Hotel is in the best neighborhood to stay in Bucharest for nightlife. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and attractions nearby, so you won’t need to walk very far for a fun night out. This four-star hotel has luxurious rooms equipped with modern amenities.

Old Town Boutique Hotel | Best Hotel in Lipscani

Thanks to its excellent location in Old Town, this is one of our favourite Bucharest accommodation options because it offers easy access to Bucharest’s top dining, shopping and nightlife options. Rooms are comfortable and well-equipped with modern features and accessories. They also provide luggage storage, and laundry services and airport shuttles are available upon request.

X Hostel Bucharest | Best Hostel in Lipscani

This is one of the best places in Bucharest to stay for nightlife because it’s so close to so many bars, pubs and clubs. X Hostel is located in a 1917 villa and offers a selection of rooms to fit any budget. They have an on-site pub and a common room filled with games.

X Hostel Bucharest is one of our favourites in Bucharest but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

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#4 Floreasca – Coolest Place to Stay in Bucharest

Floreasca is one of Bucharest’s best-kept secrets. Located north of the city centre, this up-and-coming neighborhood boasts some of the best restaurants in the city. Here you’ll also find an array of gourmet shops, wine boutiques and candy stores, making it a fantastic destination for window shopping and world-class dining.

This hip and trendy ‘hood is not only one of the coolest places to stay in Bucharest, but it’s also one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Because there are so many parks and green spaces tucked throughout this hip district, Floreasca is one of Bucharest’s best neighborhoods for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Floreasca, Bucharest

Things to See and Do in Floreasca

  1. Catch a live concert in the summer at Gradina Floreasca.
  2. Dine on delicious Japanese dishes at YUKI.
  3. Dig into Asian fare at Tuk Tuk.
  4. Enjoy dinner and drinks at stylish E3 by Entourage
  5. Indulge in a sweet treat from Rue du Pain.
  6. Feast on savoury meals at Vacamuuu.
  7. Try a range of modern American dishes at Vivo – Fusion Food Bar.
  8. Dine on great food while enjoying the eclectic atmosphere at Madame Pogany.
  9. Eat fresh and delicious seafood at La Pescaria Dorobantilor.

Unique and Homey Apartment in Floreasca | Best Airbnb in Floreasca

Called “Secret Escape”, this peculiar and uniquely designed apartment promises a pleasant stay during your time in Bucharest. Centrally located, it’s only minutes away from all other major attractions. Guests have access to all the basic amenities and apartment’s features. Coffee is also included in the price.

Floreasca Residence | Best Apartment in Floreasca

This charming apartment is conveniently located in Floreasca. It is close to an excellent selection of restaurants, shops and bars, and is a quick trip into the city centre. This property has comfortable beds, free wifi and a small kitchen – making it a great home away from home in Bucharest.

Floreasca Residence is one of our favourites in Bucharest but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

DBH Bucharest | Best Hotel in Floreasca

The DBH Bucharest is a luxurious three-star hotel situated in the Floreasca neighborhood. Situated in the best area in Bucharest to stay in if you’re looking to escape the city centre, this hotel is close to parks, shops and great dining options. They boast a variety of features, including a beauty centre, laundry services and an on-site restaurant.

DBH Bucharest is one of our favourites in Bucharest but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

Chopin Apartment- Floreasca | Best Apartment in Floreasca

This charming hostel is ideally located in Bucharest. It boasts a garden and a terrace, perfect for relaxing after a long day on the town. This one-bedroom apartment comes complete with satellite channels, a full kitchen, a washing machine and a private bathroom. You’ll also find many shops, restaurants and tourist attractions nearby.

Chopin Apartment- Floreasca is one of our favourites in Bucharest but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

#5 Tineretului – Where to Stay in Bucharest for Families

Tineretului is a large neighborhood located in southern Bucharest. Built in the 1960s, this area was primarily a workers neighborhoods where residents of all ages gathered to enjoy the green space and relax in nature. Today, Tineretului is one of the liveliest and most popular residential areas because of its easy access to the city centre.

Centred around Tineretului Park, this neighborhood is our best recommendation for where to stay in Bucharest for families. Not only is the park itself an attraction but it is filled with great activities, like playgrounds, rides, restaurants and more, that are perfect for entertaining travellers of all ages.

Tineretului Park Bucharest

Things to See and Do in Tineretului

  1. Explore the Bellu Cemetery, the final resting place of prominent Romanians.
  2. Visit the National Palace of Children.
  3. Enjoy a delicious meal in a beautiful setting at Cafeneaua Actorilor.
  4. Hop on the colourful and fun rides at the Children’s Town Bucharest.
  5. Run, jump and play at the park’s wonderful playground.
  6. Rent boats and cruise along Tineretului Lake.
  7. Ride the mini train around the park.
  8. Cruise the park’s paths and trails on two wheels.

Hostel Formenerg | Best Hostel in Tineretului

This charming hostel is one of the best places to stay in Bucharest if you’re on a budget because they offer comfortable, spacious and well-equipped rooms at an affordable price. This property also boasts a range of amenities, including a swimming pool, a gym and free wifi.

Bucharest Boutique Accommodation | Best Boutique Accommodation in Tineretului

Bucharest Boutique Accommodation is located in the best neighborhood in Bucharest to stay in for families. It is ideally located for exploring Tineretului and is a short drive to the city centre. This property has three themed rooms, a sun-soaked terrace, a library and an airport shuttle.

La Caramidari Bucuresti | Best Apartment in Tineretului

This is an excellent option for Budapest accommodation for families. It provides a comfortable apartment that is well-outfitted for travellers of all styles. Set in the Tineretului neighborhood, this apartment is in close proximity of Tineretului park and is a short drive to the city centre and Old Town.

Stylish and Spacious Apartment in Tineretului | Best Airbnb in Tineretului

With an air-conditioning unit in each room, this stylish and spacious apartment is ideal for families visiting Bucharest and can accommodate up to 8 guests. Located in a quiet residential area in Tineretului, the apartment offers a gorgeous view on the city from its two balconies. There’s a supermarket downstairs making it very convenient to buy groceries.

Stylish and Spacious Apartment in Tineretului is one of our favourites in Bucharest but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

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FAQ about Finding a Place to Stay in Bucharest

Here’s what people usually ask us about the areas of Bucharest and where to stay.

What To Pack For Bucharest

Pants, socks, underwear, soap?! Take it from me, packing for a hostel stay is not always quite as straightforward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art I have perfected over many years.

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Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Bucharest

Bucharest is a booming city that is changing by the day. Once characterized by communist architecture, Bucharest is today a modern and cosmopolitan city with exciting food, energetic nightlife, diverse culture and rich history. No matter your interests, age or budget, there’s something for every traveller in Bucharest.

In this guide, we’ve looked at the best areas to stay in Bucharest. If you’re still not sure which is right for you, here is a quick recap.

Podstel Bucharest is our favourite hostel in Bucharest because it offers comfortable beds, hot showers and a relaxing and social environment. They also host a variety of events and workshops, so you’re guaranteed to never be bored.

Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest is our favourite hotel because of its unbeatable Old Town location. Set in the best area to stay in Budapest for sightseeing, this hotel is close to popular tourist attractions, cultural institutions, bars, clubs, restaurants and shops.

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